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National Commerce Bank
National Commercial Bank


Structure in General

existing [completed]


commercial office


  • Two of these courtyards, seven stories each, face south toward the old portion of the city and the Red Sea. The third nine-story courtyard faces northwest toward the sea.
  • Office windows open directly onto these courtyards with an inward orientation typical of Islamic traditional design.
  • Tallest building in Saudi Arabia 1983 - 2000.
  • Set in a three-acre plaza on the edge of the Red Sea, the project's geometry consists of a triangular 27-story office tower juxtaposed with a six-story circular garage.
  • The configuration of the site and local climatic conditions generated the overall form of the complex.
  • The verticality of the 766,000 sf bank tower is interrupted by three dramatic triangular courtyards chiseled into the building's facade.
  • Interior spaces feature exquisite materials and finishes including black granite and marble. Dining facilities include a luxurious executive dining floor with flexible partitions and a colorful employee cafeteria.
  • This is the work of the famous architect Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP who was also responsible for buildings such as Lever House and One Chase Manhattan Plaza in New York City.
  • The architects were recognized with an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1987.

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Makkah [مكة]
Saudi Arabia

Technical Data

413.39 ft
413.39 ft
413.39 ft

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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